Resources and information to help schools build intercultural capability and strengthen inclusion.
Victoria is known for its multiculturalism. Victorian citizens come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and follow 135 different faiths. Cultural diversity is one of Victoria’s greatest assets.
Schools play a critical role in strengthening multicultural inclusion in our community by providing an environment where acceptance of diversity, knowledge of other cultures and an understanding of global and local issues can be developed.
Intercultural capability curriculum
Intercultural capability curriculum enables students to explore their own and others’ cultural practices and cultural diversity in Australian society.
The curriculum promotes mutual respect and social cohesion and helps students to develop vital skills for living and working in a multicultural world.
External resources and programs
Racism is not tolerated in Victorian schools, however, it continues to be a serious and persistent issue across society.
Experiences of racism can have significant detrimental impacts on mental health and contribute to marginalisation and isolation.
While incidents of racism may not always be occurring within school environments, these incidents can have significant impacts on student engagement and wellbeing.
Schools play a key role in preventing, identifying and responding to incidents of racism. By taking a proactive approach, schools can ensure that all students are respected, valued and treated equally.
There is a range of resources and programs available to support schools address racism and strengthen multicultural inclusion, these include:
Human rights education
Human rights recognise the inherent value of each person. They are based on principles of dignity, equality and mutual respect. The Australian Human Rights Commission have created the following resources:
Victoria is known for its vibrant multicultural identity. Victorian citizens come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages, and follow 135 different faiths. Cultural diversity is one of Victoria’s greatest assets.
Fostering multicultural inclusion is essential to ensuring a vibrant and prosperous school community in which everyone is welcomed, feels safe and is supported to participate. Schools play a critical role in strengthening multicultural inclusion in our community by providing an environment where acceptance of diversity, knowledge of other cultures and an understanding of global and local issues can be developed.
All school staff and students are strongly encouraged to be involved in shaping multicultural inclusion in their school community.
Student Leaders for Multicultural Inclusion
The Student Leaders for Multicultural Inclusion: Strengthening multicultural inclusion through student voice, agency and leadership resource aims to support schools to strengthen intercultural capability, foster a positive climate for learning, and empower students to promote multicultural inclusion. It combines practical ideas directly from students, along with examples of best practice from Victorian schools, and input from the Department, Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and Independent Schools Victoria.
Student Leaders for Multicultural Inclusion (pdf - 23 mb)
Student Leaders for Multicultural Inclusion (docx - 39 mb)
Annual events - celebrating cultural diversity
There are key dates and events throughout the year that provide schools with opportunities to celebrate cultural diversity and strengthen multicultural inclusion.
Schools are encouraged to involve their staff, students and communities in activities to raise awareness of these events through the school curriculum, extra-curricular activities and local events. Schools may wish to consider:
- sharing books and stories
- organising a film screening
- holding school assemblies and concerts celebrating the cultural diversity of the local community
- organising school poetry or essay competition
- exhibitions of student artwork.
Professional learning for teachers
Find information about professional learning for teachers in the
EAL and multicultural education professional learning calendar
For more information contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or read
inclusive workplaces for the Department's policy and commitment to diversity and inclusion.